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Wii U Inspired By Original Concept for Wii Remote

The idea of creating a controller with a separate screen isn’t new at Nintendo.

An image from a Nintendo patent that would add a touchpad display to the Wii remote design.

There’s clearly more to Wii U than what Nintendo has shown so far, as evidenced by last week’s surprise announcement of the tablet-esque controller featuring near-field communication technology.

Nintendo has also been seriously thinking about the idea of a controller with a screen attached for some time, based on comments by the company in its recent Q&A session with investors.

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo’s senior managing director and general manager of the integrated research and development division (!), responded to a question about differentiating Wii U from other hardware manufacturers, and dropped this tidbit.

“So, how to differentiate the Wii U in terms of brand-new uniqueness with other video game systems is important,” he said, “and regarding this point, all I can say today is, we now have the new controller which revolves around the original concept of the Wii Remote, and the developers can take advantage of multiple screens, which enable them to leverage upon the unique combination of a big TV screen and a smaller screen in player’s hands.”

Even though Wii U is coming many years after Wii, if Takeda isn’t just messing with us, what we’re seeing with Wii U is simply fulfilling part of an idea Nintendo has been kicking around for a while.

The Wii remote and nunchuck will both be compatible with Wii U. A Nintendo patent was discovered last year detailing a version of the Wii remote with a touchpad display, essentially bringing the whole thing full circle.

You should read the whole Q&A, which also includes extensive comments from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and designer Shigeru Miyamoto. There are no startling revelations--that will come at E3--but it’s all interesting.

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Posted by patrickklepek
An image from a Nintendo patent that would add a touchpad display to the Wii remote design.

There’s clearly more to Wii U than what Nintendo has shown so far, as evidenced by last week’s surprise announcement of the tablet-esque controller featuring near-field communication technology.

Nintendo has also been seriously thinking about the idea of a controller with a screen attached for some time, based on comments by the company in its recent Q&A session with investors.

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo’s senior managing director and general manager of the integrated research and development division (!), responded to a question about differentiating Wii U from other hardware manufacturers, and dropped this tidbit.

“So, how to differentiate the Wii U in terms of brand-new uniqueness with other video game systems is important,” he said, “and regarding this point, all I can say today is, we now have the new controller which revolves around the original concept of the Wii Remote, and the developers can take advantage of multiple screens, which enable them to leverage upon the unique combination of a big TV screen and a smaller screen in player’s hands.”

Even though Wii U is coming many years after Wii, if Takeda isn’t just messing with us, what we’re seeing with Wii U is simply fulfilling part of an idea Nintendo has been kicking around for a while.

The Wii remote and nunchuck will both be compatible with Wii U. A Nintendo patent was discovered last year detailing a version of the Wii remote with a touchpad display, essentially bringing the whole thing full circle.

You should read the whole Q&A, which also includes extensive comments from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and designer Shigeru Miyamoto. There are no startling revelations--that will come at E3--but it’s all interesting.

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Posted by JackSukeru

I'm too embarrased to try this.

Posted by Mijati

Interesting

Posted by Morningstar

Anybody excited by this?

Posted by PatVB

Cool! I still don't know what to make of the WiiU, but I'm interested to hear more.

Posted by Tan

Always interesting to hear anything about the WiiU. Next gen is gonna be weeeeird.

Posted by CakeBomb

The drawing of the idea looks weirdly cool, like a Star Trek apparatus.

Posted by prestonhedges

"an question"

Posted by Hailinel

Interesting, and also not altogether unusual. A lot of such ideas are born from previously scrapped incarnations.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Dreamcast did it first though. NEVER FORGET THE VMU!

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Posted by Jolt92

E3 will be very interesting to say the least.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Well that's interesting.
 
Nintendo, keep on keepin' on man.

Posted by Sooty

@MooseyMcMan said:

Dreamcast did it first though. NEVER FORGET THE VMU!

Nevar forget.

Posted by JackSukeru

If I recall correctly, didn't they also once say that their idea of having motion controls dated back to the NES?

The WiiU is definetly interesting, more interesting than any regular motion controls as far as I'm concerned, and it's what I'm currently most looking forward to hearing about at this years E3. Then again, that was also true of last year's E3 and that didn't turn out...great.

Posted by sgt_smack

wtf

Edited by Hailinel

@RockmanBionics said:

If I recall correctly, didn't they also once say that their idea of having motion controls dated back to the NES?

The WiiU is definetly interesting, more interesting than any regular motion controls as far as I'm concerned, and it's what I'm currently most looking forward to hearing about at this years E3. Then again, that was also true of last year's E3 and that didn't turn out...great.

I'm not sure about motion controls, but Miyamoto has stated in the past that the idea behind the Mii extends that far back. As far as this year's E3 is concerned, I imagine that Nintendo will have a better showing now that the 3DS is exiting the post-launch game drought and the Wii U will have more substance behind it than a few controller tech demos.

Posted by fazzle

I want Gungirl for WiiU, with.....touch options on the tablet. Also just imagine all the extra "toys" you can put on the tablet with NFC chips in them

Posted by Shaanyboi

I'm excited to get my hands on a Wii U. I just hope the games will be there...

Posted by mbr2

@MooseyMcMan said:

Dreamcast did it first though. NEVER FORGET THE VMU!

Sonic Adventure was an inside job! THE GOVERNMENT IS LYING TO YOU!!!

Posted by zombie007

Inspired by the Dreamcast, you mean.

Posted by ddensel

Nintendo's been tinkering with separate screens since the connectivity days between Gamecube and the Gameboy Advance (Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles) You could even say the DS was the natural progression of Nintendo's interest in two screen gaming. Knowing this history, I wasn't too surprised by the look of the Wii U myself.

Posted by TehFlan

Have they actually announced any games for this thing yet?

Posted by Tarsier

ugh its so stupid it seems like an onion story. get the heck away nitendo

Posted by JackSukeru

@Hailinel: I'm clenching my fists that they will.

Posted by Kamikaze_Tutor
Posted by Chibithor

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Posted by FancyKnight

Thats what the controller is gonna look like!? It looks hilarious! XD

Posted by Hailinel

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

That Retro Studios is working on a title that's high in demand doesn't mean that it's another Metroid Prime title. No one expected them to be the developer of a Donkey Kong Country game, so their new project could literally be just about anything.

Posted by Blubba

If this thing doesn't support 4 controllers though, it's pretty dumb. From my experience, I think the Wiimote is a hot pile of crap and I'm not buying 4 Motion Plus dongles. I don't want multiplayer experiences based on the concept of one person having the awesome controller while the other people are playing with the dumb controllers.

Posted by PrincessMattakiStar

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Posted by billyhoush

I will never underestimate Nintendo.

Posted by FoxMulder

sheesh...Nintendo, what have you become?!?!?! Sad to see one of the biggest gaming companies from who shaped my childhood really going off the deep end. Atleast they got it right with the DS!!!

Posted by OllyOxenFree
@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...
Posted by zityz

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

Posted by Mb246

@zityz said:

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

but for real this time.

Posted by eugenesaxe

They've been doing it for years, it's called "hand-held game machines". Another example of "fresh" thinking that isn't.

Posted by KaneRobot

@zityz said:

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

Not sure why you're laughing, since Nintendo has only had one industry leading home console since the N64. I guess it depends on your definition of fail.

Posted by Lemonhead

@KaneRobot said:

Not sure why you're laughing, since Nintendo has only had one industry leading home console since the N64. I guess it depends on your definition of fail.

They're leading this generation, but did not lead the last one. Winning 1 out of 2 in a 3 player game is..failing?

Edited by NoelVeiga

@KaneRobot said:

@zityz said:

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

Not sure why you're laughing, since Nintendo has only had one industry leading home console since the N64. I guess it depends on your definition of fail.

The N64 was not even close to being a leading console on its generation. The Playstation 1 has that honour. The Wii is the first Nintendo home console to lead its gen since the SNES.

EDIT: For the record, you're still totally right about the other thing. Remember how the Gamecube was their last console for sure because who the hell had the idea to make one button larger than the others? Clearly appealing to the casuals would never work on a home console at all.

Posted by NoelVeiga

@OllyOxenFree said:

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...

Really? Because I can scream it into your ear if you need to hear it.

I WOULD TOTALLY LIKE TO HAVE AN HD METROID PRIME!

There.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

Will nintendo ever get fucking real? This shit is getting annoying

Posted by I_smell

But where is the nintendo horse-bag?

Posted by Sinful

*cough*...VMU...*cough*

Posted by Helios1337

It will be interesting to see how this sells. The casual market that they sold the majority of the Wii too won't be ready to buy a new "thing we play bowling on" and the "hardcore" market (us?) will likely take a wait and see approach.

Posted by Rolyatkcinmai

I hope this thing fails hard as a motherfucker.

Posted by Contrarian

Well, I suppose if people don't like what Nintendo is offering, they could ..... well, you know, not buy it?

Posted by jackelbeaver

sega does what nintendont

Posted by beast780

Right now, I'm leaning towards getting the Wii U, if it's priced like I think it will be.

Posted by RetroVirus

@NoelVeiga said:

@OllyOxenFree said:

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...

Really? Because I can scream it into your ear if you need to hear it.

I WOULD TOTALLY LIKE TO HAVE AN HD METROID PRIME!

There.

I TOO WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE AN HD METROID PRIME ANNOUNCED!

Posted by punkxblaze

@RetroVirus said:

@NoelVeiga said:

@OllyOxenFree said:

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...

Really? Because I can scream it into your ear if you need to hear it.

I WOULD TOTALLY LIKE TO HAVE AN HD METROID PRIME!

There.

I TOO WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE AN HD METROID PRIME ANNOUNCED!

I AM TOTALLY BACKING THESE DUDES UP. ALWAYS BE PRIME.

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